If you’re a fan of Canadian politics or are looking to get involved in your community, here’s something to look forward to:
BC Premier John Horgan and Andrew Weaver, MLA for the Oak Bay-Gordon Area and leader of the BC Green Party, will be attending a local rally at the Crystal Gardens tonight.
Horgan, Weaver, and the BC NDP are hosting the rally in support of proportional representation in the referendum later this fall.
According to NDP, if the referendum results support proportional representation, it would mean that every single vote would count toward the makeup of the BC Government.
Each individual could then cast their ballot towards candidates who share the same values as them and every party would have the opportunity to work together for the entire province through a fair voting process.
In an interview with the National Observer, Andrew Weaver stated that he believes the problem with the current system is that often the winning party wins without the majority of votes and end up with the lion’s share of power in government.
In a tweet, John Horgan stated his opinion on the matter:
40 per cent of the vote should not mean 100 per cent of the power. Join our campaign to support proportional representation and make your vote count. Sign up @ https://t.co/ZFMcN7WnY4 #pr4bc #prorep pic.twitter.com/bdQjeN72YC
— John Horgan (@jjhorgan) September 18, 2018
Meanwhile, the BC Liberal Party is taking a stance against the referendum, citing concerns about voters being unprepared to make a choice between different electoral systems, and arguing that not enough information has been provided about the options.
The party and its leader Andrew Wilkinson have criticized the NDP for rushing the referendum in order to “appease the Green MLAs propping up their unstable minority government”.
Regardless of which side you are on, this event promises to be an insightful evening and is free for everyone. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP through this link!
Come down to the Crystal Gardens for a chance to meet Horgan, Weaver and the BC NDP party and learn more about the electoral reform referendum tonight.
- When: Tuesday, October 23rd, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Where: 713 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC